Growing, Jack Rose, and Earth recently toured through Seattle, and I missed their show for some stupid reason. My friend Mike told me afterwards that it was the only show at which he'd ever needed earplugs, and that's saying something because the guy is in a scary noise band. Before that, however, I was intrigued by Growing's name and long tracks (which I hadn't heard at the time), and Mike said to me: "Growing is really...(long pause)...constant." Now that I've listened to them I'm not sure whether I agree or not. Certainly they have drones which continue for long periods, and their songs travels little over their running times, but they're not stationary. The music moves, but slowly and under the surface, currents of melody transparent under the shimmery wall of sound. They're prolific, which makes sense when you hear how much they like their sustain, but they're consistently good - more so than, say, Pelt, who are brilliant at one moment or on one track, then boring or offensively noisy for the rest of the album.
If anything, they are about concentration. I don't mean to get all music critic on you, I just think that they're very serious about being fully enveloped in the sound they create. It isn't meant to move you, it is meant to take up your entire aural space and let you drift along inside its sonic womb. The opening track initiates you slowly, giving you ethereal butterfly kisses with the guitar before slowly raising a fluffy curtain of harmony in front of it. It leaves and returns with a sibilant accompaniment that overtakes it - I get an image of a huge whale being engulfed by an immense school of silver fish. "Anaheim II" comes like a slap to the face and stays loud, but isn't a very interesting track, to be honest. The next two tracks, "Epochal Reminiscence" and "Primitive Associations/Great Mass Above" form one huge song more than 30 minutes long. The sound is infinitely thick and hypnotic, the tone changing slowly, aqcuiring later a high, vibrating foresound that connects it with the final track - a peaceful, quiet thing with water sounds and birdsong.
I'm giving you a fat track, the second to last, but if you can't deal with it, I wouldn't try the other songs or albums. However, if you are like me and you think it's crazy and beautiful, for gods sake check out the rest.